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Smoke while jump starting

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mud390, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. mud390

    mud390 1/2 ton status

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    I tried to start my 84 K5 about 10 minutes ago after it had been sitting for about 4 months. It normal fires right up without effort, but I expected more trouble this time. I turned the key and nothing. No clicking or even trying to start. I hooked up the jumper cables to my 01 GMC and hooked the ground to chassis ground on the 84 and I touched the positive to the + on the battery and got sparks. No biggy. Adjusted the cables on the 01 and tried again to get a nice little plume of smoke from around the starter (I think) with that wonderful burnt wire smell. Any ideas of what happened here. Oh, still no start. Any and all help would be great! Thanks!

    Kris
     
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    Are you positive your ground to the chassis wasn't touching anything else?
     
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    Are you sure that your battery cables aren't super crappy?
     
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    My negative jumper cable was attached to the alternator braket. My battery cable are in good shape. No fraying or cracking at all.

    Kris
     
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    Is the alternator bracket adequate grounding? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    I've always used that and never had a problem in the past. That is a good question though? It should be grouned well enough.

    Kris
     
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    Thats where my ground wire is...from the battery to the altenator bracket. Is this a bad spot for grounding?
     
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    I think the spot is fine. There is quite a bit of metal etc.
     
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    Apparently not. I was just curious.
     
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    Any thoughts on what I fried when I saw the smoke? I was looking at the wiring diagram and I was thinking maybe the fuseable link. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif Maybe ??????

    Kris
     
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    help...

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    mabey crappy wireing at your starter or something chrossing the posts?????
     
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    I would get up under it and check all the wires on your starter, I had one fray one time and arc out, fried my starter I would start there



    Just my 2 cents
     
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    Thanks for all the input everyone! I guess I get to be an electrician tomorrow and figure out what is going on. Should prove interesting. I'll let you know what I find and try to take some pics if anything was damaged. Thanks again!

    Kris
     
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    sounds like fusible link, or arcing between starter posts..
    for future reference, and for your safety.. hook up the positives first, then the grounds, should reduce the chance of arcing..
     

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